Although these chemical intermediates were hypothesised in the 1950s, it is only recently that they have been detected. Scientists now believe that, with further research, these species could play a major role in off-setting climate change.
« What they found in doing so, we’re told, is quite promising. Criegee biradicals react more rapidly than researchers previously thought they could with aforementioned pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, leaving behind nitrate and sulfate that lead to aerosol formation and eventually cloud formation. »
Ultimately, Criegee biradicals could help cool the planet.
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